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Meet Pavy Olivarez

Today we’d like to introduce you to Pavy Olivarez.

Pavy, let’s start with your story. We’d love to hear how you got started and how the journey has been so far.
My mother Julia always nurtured my artistic endeavors from very early on. Fortunately for me, I was allowed to play with barbies. This was where I would say my initial interests began with style and fashion. I would constantly make clothing and style the hair on all my barbies. later in high school, I would still be doing the same with my peers styling, and doing makeup.

My very first job in hair and makeup was actually Glamour shots, yes that is correct Glamour shots! This was the very first place I witnessed how my worked looked behind a camera. For about ten years I would sharpen my make up artistry skills representing many makeup brands at the retail level. I would eventually get the opportunity to travel the country and internationally representing Laura Mercier cosmetics as the National makeup artist from LA. Simultaneously during this time period, I would also take part in many a photo shoot and small scale productions doing hair and makeup often. When the recession hit I was unfortunately laid off. With the opportunity to go to SMC I decided to get my cosmetology license to expand on my skills and also have other options to venture into aspects of the beauty world should my dreams be compromised to be an editorial makeup artist.

I continued to participate in small independent shoots to build my portfolio and keep busy while I finished school. I did work in a salon for maybe 6 months but quickly realized it was not for me. 2011 was the year that changed everything for me! I entered a competition in school that was a huge deal for me as first prize was $50,000.00 cash and prizes. This was Junior Style stars. I won 1st place and this really validated my direction I chose to go in regard to Hair. I had met a makeup artist who was in search of a hairstylist to work on a short film with. We clicked and he then asked me to head hair for my first film, I was so excited for the opportunity to do this film as it was period looks spanning from 1930’s -1980’s.

Because of this, I was eligible to join the Local 706 Hair and makeup union for TV and film. I was hesitant at first to join because when you do you either are hair or makeup. This was a very scary concept for me as I was very passionate at the time for makeup and still had plans to move to New York and in my heart wanted to be a known makeup artist. I trusted my gut and joined as A Hairstylist. Fast forward eight years later and I have done several tv shows and films. I won an Emmy and currently have a Guild nomination for 2019. I feel the journey thus far has affirmed my tribe in the TV and Film world although I do editorial and other projects this medium is where I flourish in telling a story through my hair artistry.

Great, so let’s dig a little deeper into the story – has it been an easy path overall and if not, what were the challenges you’ve had to overcome?
The road, smooth? I can only speak for my own experience and that answer is not at all. My struggles made my triumphs worth all my blood sweat and tears in my life. I am an open gay-identified man. This was the first obstacle I suppose you could say in regard to how I chose to express my talents growing up. I loved to dance sing draw and do “girly things” I was bullied and harassed, yet I was celebrated and cheered on by some that saw in me my potential and strength to be unapologetically me! I could list my struggles, rather than do this I’ll share this fact about my journey. I have allowed other people’s opinions shape and guide me in not believing in myself, my talents, my skills, and most importantly my love for myself.

Fear is the one obstacle that holds you back. When I have ever allowed someone else’s opinion of who they view me to be actually become my truth, that was always a struggle and problematic to my path of where I am supposed to be. The biggest betrayal in my life has been when I stop and not continue to move on. Constant flow and acknowledgement of good and bad is the only way to thrive. The thing I’ve come to realize is as sure as there is darkness there will be light, but the mistake one can make is staying in either place for too long for you cannot learn or evolve when moment doesn’t happen.

We’d love to hear more about your work.
I am a creative empathic type of artist. I for the most part style hair in the TV and film industry and editorial. My specialty I suppose would be understanding a story and telling it through how I execute my styles. I particularly love doing period hairstyling and I believe the vintage or classic hairstyles of yesteryear are what I am known most for.

The thing I’m most proud of is anytime I achieve the balance of my actor’s comfort, the director’s vision, and my hairstyling to show not just what looks good, but that is absolutely correct and ultimately believable to the viewing audience. Let’s say you were to chat with the creatives I’ve had the pleasure to style they will tell you I usually have some sort of backstory thought of for this character style before I even begin to comb one hair! I am thorough and very thoughtful. I feel most hairstylists these days tend to do a job for accolades, money or connections, me I love what I do to be apart of telling a story and well Styling hair correct because I love that!

Is there a characteristic or quality that you feel is essential to success?
I’m cool like not in the sense of being like Fonze, rather I’m chill and easy to bounce ideas off and I get inspired by people’s direction. I put a lot of my heart into what I do because I want it to be great, not good but great! I am hyper-aware of many elements that go into the final look so I often add input to an area that was missing something. I use my passion for the details to elevate other levels of my work. I’m often considered to be very mellow, but I can be stern driven and lazed focused. I speak up when I have to and I do not sit back and allow unproductive and irrational behavior or lack of professionalism to affect what my name is apart of. There is an art to balancing being assertive and being a total submissive!

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Sequoia Emmanuelle “lioness”, “flutter experience ”
Ben Merideth “we belong to the night” music video for Jes

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